Biotechnology vs biology degree?Watch
I have looked at the course content for both biology and biotechnology degrees and they seem fairly similar, and I could see myself doing either. I just would like to see what careers these degrees can lead to... apart from teaching.
Biotech is applying biological knowledge to solving problems so genetic engineering is a good example. A biology degree is more broad based and covers lots of different areas of biology. You'll gain valuable transferable skills by doing either degree so pick the one you're more interested in. Starting salary will very much depend on the kind of job.
Like I said before, you can do pretty much anything with either degree as both will equip you with a lot of transferable skills. Have a google of job descriptions to get a better idea.
Although broadly biotech is application of biology, some biotech courses are much more chemical than others (just like biochemistry). For example, Imperial's course seem much more chemical to me than UCL's. Another example is that Nottingham used to (they dropped it this year) offer two separate courses: Biotechnology and Applied Biology.
Biotech appears to be more suitable if you're looking to do industrial research.
If you're not sure, do a general biology course first (for obvious reasons), besides, some areas of biology (like evolutionary biology) can be applied to many different fields, so it's not like you can't help making the world a better place)))